Bad Language, Blackwell’s Bookshop and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation are delighted to bring together two of the most celebrated performers on the live literature scene, Hollie McNish and Jo Bell, for a very special event.
HOLLIE McNISH is a leading spoken word artist. She is a UK Slam Poetry champion and came third in the World Poetry Slam finals. As well as being featured on BBC radio and television, Hollie has toured internationally. Benjamin Zephaniah said of Hollie McNish: “I can’t keep my ears off her.”
This is the Manchester launch of Hollie’s new memoir NOBODY TOLD ME, a collection of poems and stories taken from her diaries; one person’s thoughts of trying to become a parent in modern Britain. There were many things that Hollie McNish didn’t know before she was pregnant. How her family and friends would react; that Mr Whippy would be off the menu; how quickly ice can melt on a stomach; how to do a poetry gig with your baby as a member of the audience; how drum’n’bass can make a great lullaby. This event promises to tell all about Hollie’s recent journey in the poetry world.
Hollie will be joined by multi-award courting JO BELL, former director of National Poetry Day, Canal Laureate and head of online poetry community 52. Jo has read at the Houses of Parliament, Glastonbury Festival, and in a vast number of upstairs rooms in pubs. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy says: “Jo Bell is one of the most exciting poets now writing and no time is wasted in the company of her work.”
Hollie and Jo will be performing live followed by Jo chairing a Q&A with Hollie McNish in what will be sure to be an unmissiable night of poetry and conversation. There will be a book signing too.
Tickets are £8 advance and are on sale now – click here. Please note this event has now sold out.